Dr. John T. "Tom" Mentzer, a University of Tennessee marketing and logistics professor, whose teaching and research influenced a generation of supply chain management professionals, died of melanoma Feb. 26 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 58.
Dr. Mentzer was Chancellor’s Professor and Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the university's marketing and logistics department.
He was a prolific author of books and articles on marketing and supply chain management and was a member of several review and advisory boards, and of several corporate boards. He also served as president of the Academy of Marketing Science, president of the Council of Logistics Management and executive director of the University of Tennessee Demand & Supply Integration Forums.
Dr. Mentzer received numerous professional awards, including the Berkman Distinguished Service Award for lifetime service to the Academy of Marketing Science in 2008, the Armitage Medal of the International Society of Logistics Engineers, and the Council of Logistics Management’s Distinguished Service Award in 2004.
Dr. Mentzer received his MBA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University and a bachelor's of industrial administration degree from General Motors Institute, now Kettering University.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda, and daughters Ashley and Erin, of Knoxville, and his mother, Minnie, and sister Susan, of Harpers Ferry, W. Va.
Services will be held at Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Knoxville at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to the Tom & Brenda Mentzer Scholarship Fund, College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, or the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tenn.